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Featuring: The Confetti Bar

Who doesn’t love confetti? How about handmade, unique, and sometimes custom confetti?? I can’t imagine many people who don’t love it, confetti is just so happy. Meet Jessica, the founder, Chief Confetti Thrower, Expert Confetti Mixologist and all around awesome girl behind The Confetti Bar. I wanted to pick her brain and ask some questions about her business and what motivates her.
Winter Wonderland Confetti

1. What inspired you to create this company?
Honestly, I just wanted to do something that I was passionate about and that was me. I always knew I wanted to do something creative, and while I’ve dabbled in this and that, everything just seemed to make sense to turn confetti into my dream job.  I mean, sure, it’s a pretty sweet deal to get to play with pretty paper all day, but at the very core I wanted this business to be about celebration and happiness, and taking a moment to remember that’s what it’s really all about.


2. Where do you find inspiration when creating a new product?
I know it’s a little boring to say everything, but it’s true! I can be looking at a picture online, someone will make a silly comment, or I’ll be in the shower and a new idea will just pop into my head! There’s really no rhyme or reason, but I look to get inspiration from anything and everything.

3. Which confetti is your favorite right now?
Ahh, tough choice! I love all my confetti equally! But, if I had to choose, I think my current favorite is Unicorn Dandruff!
Unicorn Dandruff Confetti

4. Favorite holiday or celebration?
I love each any every chance to celebrate in a different, yet pretty equal, way. I love how each holiday or birthday or party comes with its own set of traditions and themes!

5. What is the craziest confetti cocktail you have created so far?
I think collectively the craziest, most time consuming project I’ve taken on is to create an entire bar car filled with all sorts of confetti cocktails – all the colors and glasses were inspired by real, old fashioned cocktails and they even had real garnishes!
Cookie Sprtiz Confetti

6. Favorite quote?
“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway” – Earl Nightingale

For some reason this quote always seems to stick with me. I can be a pretty impatient person, so I have to constantly remind myself that time will pass no matter what, so I might as well take the time to see something through. I’ve been getting better at taking things one step at a time, and enjoying as much as possible along the way!

7. What helps you stay motivated and manage all that you do?
First and foremost, I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the constant help and support of my husband, who not only handles most of the digital stuff for the business, but also tries to keep me sane! In addition to his encouragement – and that of my entire family, of course – I am constantly motivated by the amazing comments and support of everyone who believes in my little confetti-filled world. Knowing I might have made someone’s day by simply sending a little bit of handmade happiness makes me feel like the luckiest girl!

The Confetti Bar has some awesome holiday themed confetti, and is always introducing new items to her shop. I can’t wait to see what she does next! Check out her blog to see some of the custom confetti, and other fun ideas. The next time I throw a party, I know I will add some of this to my decorating list. Check out some of my holiday favorites below.
Hanukkah Confetti
Hanukkah O Hanukkah Confetti
O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree
Peppermint Swirl Confetti
Peppermint Swirl

[All photos provided by The Confetti Bar]

Featuring: Erin Condren

Erin Condren Feature
I am so excited for my November feature because it is a company I love. I interned for Erin Condren in college, and have been a huge fan of her designs + products for a long time. She specializes in many different types of custom stationery, and is continually expanding to create personalized home and technology accessories. Her designs are fun, positive and super cute. She definitely has a very unique style that radiates happiness.

I wanted to get to know a little bit more about Erin’s design process and how she came up with making such awesome products.

1. What inspired you to start this company?
I really enjoy making people happy. I had been printing cards and stickers to give as gifts, and my friends encouraged me to make more.  I started putting my email on the backs of what I made, and the requests started coming in! I began designing and printing in earnest and soon hired my first full time employee! It took a lot of effort, and time away from my family, but it all seemed worth it to receive a thank you note from one of my customers.

2. Where do you find inspiration and what do you do if you have a creative block?
I find inspiration everywhere! It really helps having the wonderful family that I have, and to live in a beautiful place like Hermosa Beach. Whenever I get stuck, I make sure to breathe and not to try and rush it.  Creativity is just like everything else, you have good days and you have bad days, and trying to push for inspiration won’t get you anywhere.

3. What is your favorite product that you design?
Most definitely the Life Planner.  Not only is it our most popular product, but it keeps me on track as well… I wouldn’t be able to juggle all the things I do without my planner!

4. How do you balance work/life and family?
It’s not easy, but it helps to be an early riser 🙂 I tend to get up at 6:00am and by the time my kids are up I’ve showered, gotten dressed, and checked my email.  We have breakfast together, pack lunches, and then go our separate ways.  I’m in the office by 8:30am and I typically leave at 4:30pm to be with my kids.  If I end up staying late, my husband gets home to help the kids with their homework and have dinner.  I must admit, we eat out most nights… by the time I get done with everything it’s just easier to go out! Though sometimes I feel bad for not making my kids dinner, I find I get to talk to them more than if I were trying to juggle pots and pans.

5. What is your motto for life?
“Let’s get it done so we can have some fun!”
“Nobody plans to fail, sometimes we just fail to plan”
Erin Condren Picks
I have picked out four of my favorite products that I find myself using all the time or ordering for others as gifts.

#1 (iPad Sticker): I have this iPad sticker on my iPad case and I love it. I get so many compliments, and it adds a layer of personalization to my case. It is customizable, so you can choose which two colors you would like. There are so many different designs to choose from, you may want them all.

#2 (Notepads): I am always taking notes and like to have paper on me. These note pads are the perfect size and come in so many different designs and colors.

#3 (Stationery): Hand written letters are something that I value. I love getting a handwritten note from a friend, or sending a thank you note after a birthday. Erin Condren has multiple different styles of both flat and folded cards for almost any occasion. You also get return address labels that match your design. They are so cute, you almost want to save them all!

#4 (Life Planner): Erin’s favorite as well. The life planner was my go to scheduler for everything in college. I LOVED it, it kept me sane and organized. For anyone who is a big planner and likes to write their life down, I highly recommend these planners. There are so many special added details that come with the planner (stickers, pouches, motivational quotes), in addition to it being customized and colorful. There are so many new designs continually being added appealing to so many people. This would be a great gift for a college student!

I love this company, and always find myself on her site for myself and for gifts. With the holidays right around the corner, I know I will be getting gifts for some of my loved ones from here!

Special thanks to Erin Condren and Sam for their assistance with this post!

Featuring: Milk + Thistle

FR2S & Milk + Thistle
A combination of clean, interesting, and colorful design is one of my favorite styles, as long as it is done well. Maja, creator of Milk + Thistle, has effortlessly nailed all three categories. Her designs and prints are unique and eye catching, and would brighten up any space. I got in touch with the fellow Pacific Northwesterner (Milk + Thistle is based in Portland, Oregon), to pick her brain about her inspiration and influence. Maybe some of her answers will help you next time you’re suffering a creative block.

1. Where do you find your inspiration? What do you do when you have a creative mind block?
I find a lot of inspiration here in Portland as well as my time spent in Berlin. I’m drawn to patterns, textures and geometric shapes. My style is emphasizes simplicity, and modern art. 
FR2S Milk + Thistle
2. How does living in the Pacific Northwest influence your work?
I grew up just outside Portland, in the vicinity of the Columbia Gorge. As a child my family would often hike trails along the gorge. The natural symmetry found in nature inspires a lot of my work and is a great place to go if I have a mind block. Recently, on a drive home, the sky was a gorgeous array of blues and pinks so I took a picture and plan on creating some photo manipulation with the colors and shapes. I’ve also accumulated a large stack of catalogs from my favorite brands that I enjoy browsing from time to time.
FR2S Milk + Thistle
3. Did you have any formal design training? If so, where?
I’m studying Graphic Design at Portland State University. I look forward to taking more advanced classes next year and having more learning opportunities. Tutorials online are also very easy to learn from and great to utilize when you’re in a bind.

FR2S Milk + Thistle
4. What helps you stay true to your design style?
To be honest, my style can be all over the place. I am constantly coming up with new ideas and projects but I consider this to be growth for myself as an artist. I do prints mostly but at the same time I have a ton of other projects on the side. I’ve been getting into printmaking and carving my own stamps which has been super fun for me.
FR2S Milk + Thistle
5. What are your favorite quotes?
“Stay hungry, stay foolish”
1. Be honest.
2. Be yourself.
3. Don’t worry what other people think.
FR2S Milk + Thistle
6. What is your favorite animal?
Dogs! I absolutely adore dogs. I have a ton of pictures of other peoples dogs on my phone.
FR2S Milk + Thistle FR2S Milk + Thistle
How awesome are her prints and photos? A big thank you to Maja for taking some great photos of her work station and design process for the blog. Head on over to her Etsy shop (Milk + Thistle) to browse all of her beautiful prints (I seriously have to stop myself from buying it all; I especially love the LA print). She also has an awesome Instagram and Facebook page so you can follow all her new work and updates. Keep your eye on this designer, I wouldn’t be surprised if her prints ended up in stores across the country. Thanks Maja, and good luck!

Featuring: Junk Art Gypsyz

Yesterday, some friends and I ventured down to Temecula to check out the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival. I was pretty excited to see some hot air balloons, but unfortunately upon arrival, we found out that the balloons take off at 6 am. Since we had already driven 2 hours to get there, we figured we might as well stay and enjoy the festival. I’m so glad we did, because I came across this awesome company called Junk Art Gypsyz. They have some crazy awesome custom signs, vintage plaques and jewelry all made in California. Their booth was so colorful and lit up, it was hard to miss. They were the perfect fit for my first “Featuring…” series of posts.
FR2S Junk Art Gypsyz FR2S Junk Art Gypsyz How awesome is the J initial…I might need that for my office! And the patterned California Bear! So cool! FR2S Junk Art Gypsyz Loving the distressed look and chevron whale. FR2S Junk Art Gypsyz That ampersand!
FR2S Junk Art Gypsyz
Check out their Etsy Shop for even more awesome finds! Happy hunting!